Drink Your Vegetables!
With the busy lives that we all lead, many individuals admit falling short on their daily intake of fruits and vegetables. If this is the case, not to worry- drinking your vegetables is a great way to provide the body with vitamins and antioxidants. Here is an easy concoction that will enable you to remain consistent with your daily intake of vegetables. Keep in mind, this beverage is not a meal or snack. Rather, this is just a good-for-you beverage that will provide overall health benefits. Therefore, this is consumed in addition to your 5-7 meals/snacks during the day.
These will provide the body with a good amount of fiber that can be beneficial in controlling LDL (bad cholesterol) levels as well as helping to promote good gastrointestinal health. Also, collard greens are rich in vitamin A, C and K. In addition, they are also rich in vitamin B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6 (pyridoxine).
These are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the liver. Beta-carotene has been found to help protect against one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness, macular degeneration. In addition, carrots also provide vitamin B1, B2, B6, vitamin K and fiber.
Apples will provide the body with vitamins A, C, E, K, B1, B2 and B6. These can help to lower LDL cholesterol levels and the fiber in apples can help to promote good GI health. Apples can also help to boost your immune system.
Blueberries contain B complex vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin C, copper, selenium and zinc. These also provide an additional antioxidant, Anthocyanin, which is a pigment that is responsible for the blue color. Blueberries have also been found to help promote good ocular health, heart health, brain health, GI health and urinary tract health.
These contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C. As with other antioxidant-rich foods, strawberries help to promote good ocular health, heart health, brain health and GI health.
Blend the following together:
- 1-2 cups collard greens
- 1-2 whole carrots
- 1 apple
- ¼ cup blueberries
- 4 strawberries
- 4-6 ounces of water (add more water if necessary depending on consistency you choose)
Once blended together in a high-powered blender, you will have a great tasting antioxidant blast smoothie. Consume this 1-2 times per day.
Dr. Rick Kattouf II
2x Best-Selling Author
Named One Of The World Fitness Elite® Trainers Of The Year
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